Brenden Luschinski scored twice and Dawson Braun had a goal and two assists as the Warren Mercs defeated the Winkler Royals 7-4 Sunday night in the lone SEMHL game. Carson Ouellette, Dexter Kuczek, Brock Couch and Riley Vautour also scored for the Mercs who improved to 6-1 on the season. Keith Grondin had a pair of goals for the Royals while singles went to Marlin Froese and Marcus Neufeld.
The Pembina Valley Hawks lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Interlake Lightning in Morden. Chase Braun and Delaney Darby scored in regulation for the Hawks. Kasia Rakowski made 31 saves in net for Pembina Valley.
Brett Bergman, Derek Wiebe, Cody Clark and Mark Plett scored in the final four minutes of the third period as the Pembina Valley Twisters downed Raiders 5-1 in Morris. Riley Goertzen also found the back of the net for the Twisters who received a 24-save performance from Logan Enns.
The playoffs begin at 9 a.m. at the 2023 DEKALB SuperSpiel at the Morris Curling Club. Ryan Wiebe of Winnipeg will meet Owen Purcell of Halifax and Jordon McDonald of Winnipeg will face Rich Ruohonen of Minneapolis. The winners will join Braden Calvert of Winnipeg and Tanner Horgan of Sudbury in the semifinals. Serena Gray-Withers of Edmonton will take on Clancy Grandy of Vancouver, Danielle Inglis of Ottawa will face Delaney Strouse of Minneapolis, Selena Sturmay of Edmonton will meet Corryn Brown of Kamloops and Xenia Schwaller of Zurich, Switzerland will take on Corrie Huerlimann of Cham, Switzerland.
Stony Mountain's Aaron Cockerill fired a final round even par 72 and finished in a tie for 25th place at the South African Open in Johannesburg. Cockerill was eight shots back of Dean Burmester who won for the second week in row on the DP World Tour.